Nepal Today

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dhanusha closed down

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 18 Dec: Government officials Thursday forced the closure of offices in Dhaunsha where a rebel group Monday shot dead government official Kumar Niraula of hill descent.
Violence is on the rise in the south despite calls in invitation by government to nearly two dozen groups to sit own for talks to resolve regional demands.
Even more than two months after the invitation, serious formal talks haven’t been launched.
Instead, the government Wednesday warned groups and individuals of legal action if illegal arms and ammunition aren’t submitted to government within 15 days.
Many believe Maoists leading the government haven’t handed over all their weapons after joining the peace process in April 2005.
Jwala Singh group of the Terai Mukti Morcha, the most violent terai group, Monday asked government to create an environment within 15 days for talks charging its demands haven’t been met.

Maoist, CPN-UML talks

Kathmandu, 18 Dec: Top leaders of the biggest ruling coalition partners, CPN (Maoist) and CPN-UML held discussions amid threats by the latter to withdraw from government.
The coalition is shaky as Maoists and CPN-UML youth activists clash amid deep differences on administering the government.
Discussions will continue into late afternoon.
There’s no immediate likelihood of the CPN-UML withdrawing from government by implementing its threat.
The third coalition partner, MJF, has also threatened to withdraw from government
Amid charges from Maoists the terai-based party is run by India,

No immediate of Mashal, CPN (Maoist) unity

Kathmandu, 18 Dec: The immediate unity between CPN (Maoist) and CPN (Mashal/ Unity Center) has been postponed for at least two weeks citing the need to complete organizational work.
Top leaders came of the two communist parties reached a conclusion Thursday morning postponing the unity already approved by the Maoist central committee meeting.


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